IqembuLabesifazane a filly by Master Of My Fate out of the Captain Al mare, Captain’s Catch. Bred by Normandy Stud she was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2020 BSA Cape Yearling Sale.
Named By: Hollywoodbets Compliance
Former Name: Catalonian Queen
Sire: Master Of My Fate
Dam: Captain’s Catch
Damsire: Captain Al
DOB: 17 August 2018
Breeder: Normandy Stud
Trainer: Gavin Smith
Previous Trainer: Duncan Howells
Pedigree: See Here
IqembuLabesifazane (formerly known as Catalonian Queen) is the 5th foal from the mare and half sister to black type winning Rush Hour Girl (2nd in the Olympic Duel Stakes L).
Updates – IqembuLabesifazane
May 5th, 2023
Raced over 1600m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 7th out of 14 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: She had to work hard from her bad draw to get over to a decent position and had no extra over the final 200m. She finished 6 lengths back, so we will give her a chance from a good draw.
February 28th, 2023
Raced over 1300m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 7th out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Gavin Smith said she was in need of the run. Giving her 1 more chance, if she doesn’t improve she will retire.
December 9th, 2022
Raced over 1300m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 8th out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Jockey Muzi Yeni thought he made too much use of her in the early stages of the race. He said she will be better given a bit more of a chance.
October 21st, 2022
Raced over 1300m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 2nd out of 14 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run, just found one too good on the day.
October 11th, 2022
Raced over 1300m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 3rd out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run in a strong field. Gavin has a nice race coming up for her in a low merit rated race.
August 12th, 2022
Raced over 1300m on the Fairview polytrack. Finished 6th out of 10 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run, she had no cover. I feel she could have finished closer if she had a horse to follow. She will also be better over a bit more ground.
August 1st, 2022
Raced over 1300m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 6th out of 15 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good first run out the maidens.
May 6th, 2022
305 – IQEMBULABESIFAZANE won Race 2 in fine style over 1300m on the polytrack at Fairview Racecourse today. She quickened up well under apprentice Kaidan Brewer and is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Gavin Smith.
April 12th, 2022
Raced over 1300m at Fairview on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Much improved run. She should win a race on that performance and we will give her a chance.
March 11th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Fairview Polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I spoke to Gavin Smith after the races and said I feel she needs to retire. He has asked me to give her one more chance on the polytrack as she has run her best race there.
January 21st, 2022
Raced over 1600m at Fairview on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Very disappointing run.
December 31st, 2021
Raced over 2000m at Fairview on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: She faded badly but she prefers to race with cover. I did chat to Gavin Smith about it after the race.
November 10th, 2021
A decision has been made to move IqembuLabesifazane to Gqberha where she will be trained by Gavin Smith.
November 8th, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anton Marcus post-race comment: She did not enjoy the rain effected going.
October 27th, 2021
Raced over 1800m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: She was not given the best of rides. I felt that she would have won if her pilot stayed on the rail turning for home instead of trying to go out. The horse lost its momentum and that’s what cost her the race.
October 18th, 2021
She was having her fourth career start over 1600m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville polytrack this afternoon. She raced from a handy position, but lacked extra in the latter stages. She is looking for further and will be better when ridden with some cover. She is still lightly raced and has plenty of scope. See the replay here.
September 22nd, 2021
She was having her third career effort today, but her first on the polytrack at Hollywoodbets Greyville. She showed very good improvement to finish fourth, 2.55 lengths behind the winner. She is carded to race on Wednesday (29 September 2021) over 1900m on the polytrack. See the replay here.
September 5th, 2021
She was having her second run at Hollywoodbets Scottsville over 1400m. She travelled well throughout the race, but when asked for the effort, she never kicked. She will try further next time and we will be hoping to see improvement.
July 18th, 2021
She made her debut over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf track this afternoon. She was very green in running and needed the outing. She will gain from the experience and there should be improvement to come from her. See the replay here.
January 21st, 2021
She has recently joined up with the Duncan Howells stable and appears to have settled in well to her new home. Here she is a few days before she left Robbie Dawsons spelling farm, earlier this month.
December 2nd, 2020
Catalonian Queen and Fortune Isle – both Master Of My Fate fillies going through the final stages of their spelling careers at Robbie Dawsons farms, right outside Summerveld (KZN). They both should be ready to come into full training towards the beginning of next year.
March 10th, 2020
Pictured immediately after sale, she is a beautifully balanced yearling. Another exciting purchase for the Hollywood Syndicate.